I have read every Terry Pratchett novel, but this is the first one I’ve gotten on audio. Fans, be prepared for a sleepless night as once I started listening, I couldn’t stop. One of the best stories yet. Characters that you can relate to in a fast paced story that has just enough twists to be interesting without winding you up in knots. No magic or wizards in this one, but Sam Vimes at his best, juggling the roles of husband, father, friend and policeman. A good starting book if you haven’t read any of the other disc-world novels. Just one more warning - you might not want to listen to this story when traveling on public transport as your uncontrolled laughter may upset some of the other passengers.
great British drama
Every time I thought I had the mystery figured out there would be a twist and I was back in the action trying to figure out where this road would lead.
I can't tell you. Lets just say that the end is a real surprize.
Listening to this performance is better than seeing any film.
The great cast of actors make this much more than just a book. I'd rather listen to this audible drama than watch a visual version. Because the actors are so well known I could picture the whole thing. The action kept me glued to my player and it was only because my batteries went flat that I had any sleep; otherwise, I would have listened to the whole drama in the one sitting. A great story combined with truly talented actors makes this an all time favourite thriller for me.
History comes alive
The fact that everything is based on true events and has real characters intermixed with the fictional characters make everything real.
He has so many voices and accents to deal with that I had thought there was a few narrators. John Lee does a great job and his voice is historically realistic.
So many moments that were front page news, are part of this story. The story is the history of the whole world but is about families and individuals.
I have been waiting for this third instalment for years. So far it has lived up and beyond all my expectations.
The narrator was great and when it came to comparing accents and usage of words listening was better than reading.
So much history that I never understood. The first British settlers shaped the USA as it is now in everything from cooking to the Presidents. This book brings history alive.
Not so much a scene, but I did enjoy reading of the marriage customs in the different parts of hte country.
No. It isn't that kind of book. I had a lot of moments of "that's where that came from."
This book makes the early years of American History so easy to understand. The time before Independence is explained and the reasons for later history up to the modern day make sense when these basic differences of early settlement regions are understood.
M c Beaton has a knack of creating unique characters and conveying a lot in few words. The plot is tight and the characters are memorable.
I like the scene where the ghost first appeared. Alice is dirty and in rags and the detail of the Duke's costume is so beautifully detailed.
When I heard her voice I recognized it, but I'm not sure from where. She is very professional and can voice an array of characters without becoming annoying.
No! It is such a great book. If it was made into a film they would make a mess of it. Maybe a BBC mini-series might handle it.
I was a huge fan of the Hamish McBeth series and have nearly every audible book. I wasn't so impressed with the female detective M C Beaton wrote next, but I'm so glad to find that he/she is still writing and if the other books are as good as this one, I'll be listening for awhile to come.
Of course any Dortor Who fan will love to listen to the accent of Tom Baker. His voice was perfect for The Doctor and here he portrays the entire cast. A great actor and a great narrator.
The easy answer is The Doctor or Sarah Jane, BUT the were so may great bit players from the poacher, the brother and the friend. The Egyptian servant with his wild organ playing kept me interested as well. And the gods were portrayed with suitable dignity and gravitas.
I liked everything about Tom Baker's narration. He got the story accross with the right amount of style and used his experience as an actor to give all the characters life.
The truth riddle in the Mars pyramid which the correct answer will free Sarah Jane and the wrong answer will kill her. The Doctor took that casually but with deep feeling.
I have always been told I couldn't be a real Doctor Who fan if I hadn't read The Pyramids of Mars. I'm not sure if I'm anymore of a fan than I was but now I understand some of the history better.
sad, happy, amazed
I suppose my favourite character should be the Returned man but I really enjoyed his fiancee's reaction to having him come back.
Towards the end there is a scene in a hospital. I can't say more or I'll spoil the outcome for you. You'll know it when you read it.
The fiancee's mother is rather interesting. The way she accepts everything is unusual but the writer makes it believable.
After you read this you'll want to read the other prequels and The Returned.
No. I felt that reading this book would be preferable. The narrator was good but not suited to this book.
This is a good historical romance and is well written. It is slightly more detailed a story to the normal romance but enjoyable.
I have listened to other books narrated by Emma Newman and enjoyed them much more than this one.
A good romance that is well written. The story of the soldier on his death bed and the beauty is lovely and slow. The romance blooms between them with a few hitches and lots of love. It has a good ending.
The narrator was so good at doing all the voices. I didn't have to worry about keeping the characters straight as the were instantly recognizable.
This book was similar to most of the Doctor Who books, so if you are a fan you know what to expect in the way of quality and content. The characters are mostly known to fans. The Master and the Doctor remember their shared childhood which is interesting.
My favourite scene involves The Master seeing many versions of himself. I can't say too much or it will mess up the surprise in the storyline for you.
I'm not a big fan of books that feature The Master but this book shows him in a different light. At least at times. There is one scene in particular when the Doctor and the Master are alone in the TARDIS that is very memorable and could have changed everything. SPOILERS. So I won't say anything.
A solid Doctor Who novel that wad improved by a great narrator.
I read a lot of Doctor Who book and find differences when I read or watch an episode but I love all versions of Doctor Who that whichever one I'm currently doing is my favourite.
It is like looking at gem stones. The gem may look different from various sides or light. But it is always a gem.
I've been a fan of Doctor who since we got our first tv when I was eight or so. Discovering new ways to travel with the Doctor is always a treat. So is going back and revisiting his earlier incarnations.
I missed the first few Doctors and only got into the series when the guy who installed the tv put it on Doctor Who with Tom Baker as the Doctor. So he was my favourite. And I love Leena as his companion. Reading this was better than watching it on our "New" tv with its black and white screen and constant stream of interference that I watched it on in the 70s.
I love Doctor Who and I loved this trip down memory lane.
Tom Baker 's Doctor was my favourite Doctor Who but it was leena who gave this story it's strength.
The fact that the actress who played Leena is the one doing the narration makes this Audible book so wonderful.
"Danger at Fang Rock"pretty much covers it.
All fans of Doctor Who and especially the fans of Tom Baker will love this book. Leena is a bonus.
Yes. This was a wonderful find. A great piece of history told in an easy to understand way.
I'd heard of "The Charge of the Light Brigade" but never really thought of when it was and how it effected the future of war. This doesn't really go into those issues but after listening to this I can make sense of a lot more of modern history.
The story is told with the individuals involved stories, not the political reasons. It makes the history real and understandable without having to know all the political goings on at the time. This happened and it lead to this and it affected this person this way.
It is a good novel if you enjoy history or military tales.
The narration was perfect for this kind of book. Varied enough to keep one engaged but not overpowering so the details didn't get lost in the telling.
This book is factual but entertaining enough that I didn't feel as if I was at a lecture. Even people who only like their historical books to be fiction would like this.
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